Second Sunday of Lent – 8th March 2020
- NOTE: Second Collection today for CAFOD Friday Fast Day
- PARISH AGM will take place on 12th March 7.30pm in Cranleigh
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This Sunday the Church shows us, through the Gospel, the divinity of Christ hidden ‘beneath’, or within, His humanity. He is transfigured on Mount Tabor. If you look up the word ‘transfigure’ in Google you get this: to “transform into something more beautiful or elevated.” The Transfiguration of Jesus has a double meaning – it shows us the beauty of Jesus’ divinity which generally lies beyond our sight; but it also reveals to us another thing that lies just beyond our sight and our understanding – how Jesus transforms US into something more beautiful and elevated through His love and forgiveness. As this is the season of reconciliation and penance I therefore thought I would leave the best words to another to help us think on how this might come about.
From a homily by Saint Asterius of Amasea, bishop.
Be shepherds like the Lord
You were made in the image of God. If then you wish to resemble him, follow his example. Since the very name you bear as Christians is a profession of love for men, imitate the love of Christ.
Reflect for a moment on the wealth of his kindness. Before he came as a man to be among men, he sent John the Baptist to preach repentance and lead men to practise it. John himself was preceded by the prophets, who were to teach the people to repent, to return to God and to amend their lives. Then Christ came himself, and with his own lips cried out: Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. How did he receive those who listened to his call? He readily forgave them their sins; he freed them instantly from all that troubled them. The Word made them holy; the Spirit set his seal on them. The old Adam was buried in the waters of baptism; the new man was reborn to the vigour of grace.
What was the result? Those who had been God’s enemies became his friends, those estranged from him became his sons, those who did not know him came to worship and love him.
Let us then be shepherds like the Lord. We must meditate on the Gospel, and as we see in this mirror the example of zeal and loving kindness, we should become thoroughly schooled in these virtues.
For there, obscurely, in the form of a parable, we see a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. When one of them was separated from the flock and lost its way, that shepherd did not remain with the sheep who kept together at pasture. No, he went off to look for the stray. He crossed many valleys and thickets, he climbed great and towering mountains, he spent much time and labour in wandering through solitary places until at last he found his sheep.
When he found it, he did not chastise it; he did not use rough blows to drive it back, but gently placed it on his own shoulders and carried it back to the flock. He took greater joy in this one sheep, lost and found, than in all the others.
Let us look more closely at the hidden meaning of this parable. The sheep is more than a sheep, the shepherd more than a shepherd. They are examples enshrining holy truths. They teach us that we should not look on men as lost or beyond hope; we should not abandon them when they are in danger or be slow to come to their help. When they turn away from the right path and wander, we must lead them back, and rejoice at their return, welcoming them back into the company of those who lead good and holy lives.
Are we, then, sheep or shepherds? Or perhaps, both! God Bless you all. Fr David
|Financial Information February 2020|
|Offertory||Month of February||So Far this Year|
|Association for Racial Justice||£211|
|Diocesan Lourdes Fund||£349|
Thursday 12th March 7.30pm
Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room
- Welcome and Prayer
- Parish Priest’s Report
- Pastoral Group Reports
Mission Team (Chris Houston]
Care Group [Jane Harding]
Safeguarding Report [Angela Sargeant]
- Financial Report [Patrick Bergin]
- Any Other Business (to be notified in advance)
- Closing Prayer
There will be a mass for the bereaved on 28th March 11am at Cranleigh, with coffee and cake afterwards. Please invite those you think may benefit from this service.
St Joseph’s Trust have been chosen as a Co-op special cause and the school will share, with 2 other causes, 1% of everything spent by Co-op Members on Co-op goods in the Cranleigh store for 1 year (besides getting 5% for each member themselves) However, if each member chooses a specific cause, 1% all the money spent will go to the cause of their choice.
If you are a Co-op member please consider supporting St Joseph’s school to increase their total. They are aiming for £10,000 towards their new café.
- Get a membership card from the Co-op store
- Use your card number to make an online account https://coop.co.uk/membership
- Go online & choose St Joseph’s
Stations of the Cross at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind
Wednesdays at. 10.00am. (Takes about 30 minutes)
March 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th April 1st and 8th
Stations of the Cross is a moving way to come closer to Jesus and the paschal Mystery during Lent
Please let Helen Rollo know if you would like to lead any of the mornings. 01483 277395
The Lent Course continues this week. Our Lent Discussion Course this year is being run jointly with the other churches in the Village. We are using a book called ‘This? How Christians Respond to Climate Change’ by Susan Sayers. As last year, you can attend the course on either a Thursday Evening or a Friday afternoon, or interchange. There are 6 sessions starting on 27th/28thFebruary and running through to the week before Holy Week.
We are hosting the sessions on a Friday afternoon from 2pm in our Parish Room at Cranleigh, but there is also a session at Cranleigh Methodist Church on Thursday evenings.
Session 2: God’s ‘This’ – The Holy of Holiness
Thursday 5th March, 7.30pm Cranleigh Methodist Church
Friday 6th March, 2pm at The Parish Room
(Jesus Christ, Redeemer of Mankind)
Offertory Envelopes for the next tax year 2020-2021 are available from Trish Ellis after Mass over the next few weeks.
CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day on Friday 6 March is the 60th anniversary of the first Family Fast Day led by our founding mothers and, as it has been for sixty years, is an opportunity to reach out and support highly-skilled local experts around the world who help the poorest members of our global family. Please collect your Family Fast Day envelope this week and give whatever you can to help experts like Sister Consilia – a nun and trained pharmacist who treats people in rural Zimbabwe – continue their vital work.
Guildford Deanery Initial Safeguarding Awareness Training at Jesus the Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh, GU6 7AQ, on Tuesday, 21st April 2020 from 7-9 p.m.
- A reminder that this training is for everyone but particularly targeting those who work with or minister to Vulnerable Groups (Children and Adults at Risk. ) It is the expectation of the Bishop, Trustees and Safeguarding Commission that this initial training is undertaken and refreshed every three years. New Volunteers should undertake the Initial Training within the first year of being appointed. A Refresher Training Programme is now being rolled out. People are welcome to attend initial and refresher sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.
- We would be grateful to have names/numbers by Wednesday, 15th April for refreshment and hand out purposes.
- For those unable to attend this or an adjoining Deanery session and wish to undertake online training, please email email@example.com with name, parish and role, they will then be registered with EduCare, the National online Training Provider. The sections of the modules can be dipped in and out of so can be done when convenient, which is helpful. There is also Certificate provision on successful completion.
The next Coffee Morning will take place on Tuesday 10th March from 10.30am in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. This is open to all members of our community and you are welcome to bring a friend or suggest it to someone who may benefit from meeting with this friendly group.
From Bishop Richard
You may have heard that Archbishop Peter Smith has recently received a diagnosis of cancer and is currently in hospital. This has come at short notice and is obviously a source of great sadness. The results of further medical investigation are awaited. Archbishop Peter is conscious, but very tired. Please keep him in your prayers, along with his family and friends.
Archbishop Peter is well known to everyone in the Diocese, from his time at St. John’s Seminary and, more recently, during the time he served the Diocese as Apostolic Administrator. May the Lord bring him comfort, strength and healing.
Beginning Experience: A weekend away for those who find themselves single again following separation, divorce, or the death of a partner. The Beginning Experience is a weekend programme to help you to move from the darkness of your grief into the light of a new beginning and to face the future with renewed hope. Next weekend is 3-5 April at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex. More information from Freda 01322 838415 or Maura 01322 551503 or John at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date for Diaries: Annual Formation Day for Those who Support the Bereaved in Parishes: This Year on Wednesday 20th May, at St Bernadette’s, Crawley. To book contact email@example.com
A&B Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimages celebrate 45 years! Join us! Mini Pilgrimage “The God who speaks” 7th – 10th May 2020 Arundel – Duncton – Chiddingfold – Guildford. Only £50! Come and walk with us for the weekend! Discover the amazing personal and community value of going on a pilgrimage, as our medieval forebears did, sharing and worshipping together, the journey as important as the destination. New Pilgrims Welcome.
Worth Abbey: 31st March-2nd April Lent Retreat Cost: £177 (fully inclusive)
An opportunity to enter more deeply into the themes of Lent and to explore the person of Jesus Christ. The weekend will offer the chance of encounter with Christ in prayer through the Benedictine monastic tradition, with talks, space for reflection, participation in the rhythm of prayer with the monastic community (The Divine Office), Lectio Divina and walks in the beautiful Sussex countryside. You will be staying in St Bruno’s where we offer comfortable accommodation, good food and a warm welcome.
Annual Justice & Peace Conference: “2020 Vision: Action for Life on Earth”. Ecological Conversion: necessity, dream or delusion? 17th-19th July. Visit: https://www.justice-and-peace.org.uk
Notice of Intention to Marry: For anyone considering marriage please be aware that our Diocese requires that you contact the parish in which you wish to be married 12 months beforehand, in order to begin the appropriate preparation and complete the required paperwork.
Occasional Accountant needed – St John’s Seminary at Wonersh is looking for an accountant – possibly one day a month or 3 days a quarter – to consolidate the income/expenditure figures of its Bookkeeper/Finance Officer in line with the annual budget. (The Seminary Financial year runs from August to July, and the accounts are audited externally in September). Remuneration negotiable. For further details contact Mgr Gerry Ewing at firstname.lastname@example.org
Flame 2021 at Wembley Arena. Tickets are on sale now, please buy them direct from Lizzie Wakeling, our Diocesan Youth Advisor who has purchased tickets for all Diocesan groups to sit together.
Big Church Day Out – Youth Stream. The Diocese is taking a group of young people to this event, if you want to know more about how to bring your youth/confirmation group, come to our information evening on 25th March at 7pm in Crawley. Contact email@example.com about both of these events.
‘The Easter Triduum Retreat for Young Adults (18-35s) @ Worth Abbey Benedictine Monastery – celebrating the Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ’Over the Easter Triduum young adults from across the UK will be gathering from 9th-12th April to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The retreat will be centred around participation in the Triduum liturgy from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, with a programme of talks by monks, discussion, prayer & reflection, and fellowship. Leading up to the retreat, you are welcome to be part of a ‘Cross Walk’ – a group of young adults and monks who will walk to Worth from Brighton, across the beautiful South Downs, carrying the Cross. We will begin the walk on Palm Sunday (5th April) and arrive at Worth on Maundy Thursday (9th April).The easiest way to book and pay for your place is online at https://worth.co.uk/retreats/young-people You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form and alternative payment details. please contact email@example.com@wellspringbrighton.org.uk for more information or visit the Facebook group (search Easter Retreat for Young Adults 18-35s).
Pilgrimage of Reparation and Consecration at West Grinstead: Advance Notice: This year taking place on Saturday 18th July 2020. IIgnite: Teenage Retreats: 8th-10th May 2020 @ Worth Abbey
Ignite retreats are faith filled, fun packed weekends for teenagers held at Worth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Sussex. The weekends are all about exploring faith, getting to know God better whilst having lots of fun and getting to make lots of friends. Expect talks, prayer, silly activities, games, sports, drama, a space for silence and stillness, yummy food and lots of fun and laughter! The retreats are run by myself (Jess) and a great team of young adults. To find out more or to book please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilgrimage of Reparation and Consecration at West Grinstead: Advance Notice: This year taking place on Saturday 18th July 2020.